As I look around my apartment for recyclable objects and materials, I noticed that I had an excessive amount of cardboard boxes just laying around waiting to be thrown away. So I thought to myself, “why not use the cardboards that I already have and make something cool out of them, that way I can save money and time obtaining materials”.
After I was done obtaining the material, I thought about what I can make out of cardboard and decided that a small rocket ship model would be a good choice. There are many things that can be made out of cardboard, but I decided that I want to make a rocket ship model because I have always been interested in aerospace and space exploration. If I wasn’t doing mechanical engineering I would choose aerospace engineering as my major.
An actual rocket ship model include many different intricate features that cannot be recreated using only cardboard, so I aim to keep my design as simple as possible while still having the main features that a rocket ship should have. My main goal is for people to recognize that my final product is a model of a rocket ship when they see it.
After deciding on what to make, I looked up some cardboard rocket ships created by other people to have an idea of what I will be making. Right now, I’m thinking that a hexagon prism will be the best shape for the body of the rocket ship since I don’t have any carboard tube that is big enough. Because my model rocket ship will be one hundred percent cardboard, I plan to put different components together using glue. It will be somewhat difficult to cut and form the cardboards into the desired shapes, so I’d have to be careful. But even if I mess up some parts and run out of cardboard, it will be fairly easy to obtain more since cardboard boxes are everywhere.
Simple features like doors, and window cutouts, such as the ones shown in the figure above, can add to the aesthetic of the final product.